fairy ring

noun

Definition of fairy ring 

1 : a ring of basidiomycetous mushrooms produced at the periphery of a body of mycelium which has grown outward from an initial growth point also : a ring of luxuriant vegetation especially when associated with these mushrooms

2 : a mushroom (especially Marasmius oreades) that commonly grows in fairy rings

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One contends that the grass formed fairy rings itself in an attempt to survive and take advantage of limited resources in arid desert environments. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Dueling Theories on the Cause of “Fairy Circles” Could Both Be Right," 18 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of fairy ring

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fairy ring

from the folk belief that such rings were dancing places of the fairies

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